Articles by Martha Mintz

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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Till and Cover Crops Deliver More From Field and Pasture

Putting all moisture to use growing something beneficial helps push semi-arid dryland production to the next level.
Western South Dakota is dry. The last few years it’s been really, really dry. In the drought conditions we see all too often anymore, I’m very glad we no longer till the 750 acres we use to grow forage to help support our 600-head commercial cow/calf herd. 
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Take Measure and Take Notice to Make and See No-Till Progress

Gathering data, keeping tabs on weather and more helps Saskatchewan no-tiller Jake Leguee improve crop performance and farm profitability.
I can watch my crop roots grow on my cell phone. Not literally, but I can tell you exactly what depth crops have rooted to in fields where we have installed weather stations with moisture probes.
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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Moving From Fertile Farm Ground to Potentially Greener Pastures

Constricted by expensive Shenandoah Valley farmland, long-time no-tiller Anthony Beery relocated, and put his no-till know-how to work, tackling more marginal acres.

The Shenandoah Valley is to a farming community what Manhattan is to a suburban community. Densely populated, rent is astronomical and buying property requires significant bank roll.


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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

No-Till, Interseeding and Cover Crops Help Activate Malfunctioning Soils

Reversing ponding and crusting are just two soil benefits resulting from New York no-tiller Jeff Toussaint’s shifts in farm management.
Water used to make itself nice and comfortable in many of our fields. Too comfortable. Rain and snowmelt would result in ponding that would delay field work or kill crops. 


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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Precision is Paramount in Push for No-Till Perfection

Producing high quality, non-GMO crops for the bourbon industry in a challenging topography takes skill and technology.

I look forward to someday sitting on my porch drinking a glass of bourbon made from corn and rye grown on my farm and smoking a cigar made entirely from tobacco I produced. To get there, I need to deliver near-perfect grains and leaves in an area that not so long ago was considered unfit for row crops.


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Interseeding is a Process, Not Just a Practice

Building experience is the critical first leg of the journey to interseeding, companion cropping and relay cropping.

When Loran Steinlage hears someone say, “I want to be where you are” when it comes to interseeding, he says it’s a sure sign that person is setting themselves up for failure. It takes patience and practice to set the groundwork. 


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What I've Learned from No-Tilling

Stepping Up: No-Till, Tile, Cover Crops and Now Organic

Dana, Ind., no-tiller Kelly Cheesewright is always game to take the next step to improve the function, productivity and sustainability of his farm.

What I’m doing isn’t for the faint of heart. I not only want to farm, I want to be profitable, take care of the soil, water and wildlife and make sure my children and grandchildren can keep farming in the future. Doing things the right way — not just the easiest or most profitable in the right here and right now — is what I want to achieve.


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